If there was anything dumber for the Israeli government to do I don’t know what it could have been. Threatening journalists who are covering the Gaza flotilla backfired, as it should. Netanyahu said in a statement that the policy for journalists covering the flotilla should not be the same as against infiltrators and those who [...]
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The invitation came from Republicans, announced by Rep. Eric Cantor. “People seem to think that whoever goes first gets the upper hand,” said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator and a director at the New America Foundation. Using Mr. Netanyahu’s nickname, he said: “If Bibi went first and didn’t lay out a bold peace [...]
“We’ve also authorized military authorities for NATO to take on the broader military protection mission.” – Sec. Clinton Before Clinton spoke, the news coming through multiple news sources is NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance has reached an agreement to take over no-fly operations from the U.S., also known as “the coalition.” [...]
The original intent of the no-fly zone was to prevent carnage in Benghazi. It did. Now fears are growing that a humanitarian crisis is coming across Libya. Who could have predicted that? After all, war never causes these types of secondary issues– Oh, strike that. Pres. Obama and his administration say this isn’t a war. [...]
–updated– President Barack Obama’s point-man for his latest approach to the Muslim world is John Brennan, the White House’s counterterrorism czar, recently described by the Washington Post as one of the president’s most trusted advisers. Two weeks ago Brennan explained to a Washington audience that “we need to try to build up the more moderate [...]
The exploding head version to match the Turkish ambassador’s offensiveness can be found in Charles Krauthammer’s column today. Turkey meets the Israeli government stupidity, then raises them using a historically incendiary phrase. In an unfortunate turn of phrase, the Turkish ambassador to Washington twice said Friday that the terrorist group Hamas is a necessary and [...]
An official from the Turkish Islamic charity that spearheaded the campaign to bust the blockade on Gaza identified the U.S. citizen as 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, originally from the central Turkish town of Kayseri. Dogan, who held a U.S. passport, had four bullet wounds to the head and one to the chest, Omer Yagmur of the [...]
“We will not be silent about this,” (Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu) said. “We expect the United States to show solidarity with us. . . . I am not very happy with the statements from the United States yesterday.” – Turkish foreign minister: Israeli raid on Gaza aid flotilla ‘like 9/11′ for his country Israel [...]
… Ankara warned that further supply vessels will be sent to Gaza, escorted by the Turkish Navy, a development with unpredictable consequences. Israel has sounded an alert throughout the country fearing rocket attacks by Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Arab League has called an urgent meeting on Tuesday to decide on a common response. Egypt is [...]
[...] The other possible reason is that the far rightwing government of Binyamin Netanyahu and his foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman gave a green light to the commandos to respond with excessive force. That is, the deaths and woundings may have been a brutally frank warning to any future Gaza aid activists that they are taking [...]
“Of course they are not thrilled,” Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Pentagon official, said of the administration. “They thought [the Brazilian-Turkish diplomatic effort with Tehran] was going to fail and didn’t stop it, or couldn’t stop it. It looks like it undercut their diplomacy. – President Obama’s [...]
Pres. Obama meets with Pres. Karzai. Via CNN: President Obama made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. The president left his Camp David, Maryland, retreat for the trip and flew to Afghanistan on Air Force One, landing at Bagram Air Base at 7:24 p.m. (around 11 a.m. ET). Obama then flew on a helicopter [...]
bumped Daniel Levy, Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New American Foundation, conducted a “short-notice” conference call today, with Alon Liel, former Israel Ambassador to Turkey, and Bülent Aras, Professor of International Relations at Istanbul Technical University and the Foreign Policy Coordinator of the SETA Foundation in Ankara. At issue: Can these [...]
“The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations,” Clinton said at a news conference. – Haaretz According to people in the room, Obama’s big HRC speech wasn’t very big at all. Joe Subday says it all in his post: According to Obama, “we [...]
Barack Hussein Obama in Turkey today does what no other American president could do by virtue of his background and who he is. But the sheer act alone of reaching out to this Muslim nation is certain to drive the Hannity hate speech crowd to further ends of division and derision. Even as a new [...]
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